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What is Lyricwood Cadets?

The Lyricwood Cadets is a community program to train orchestra players.

In the absence of a school orchestra program in our area, the Cadets strives to train string musicians in the art of making music together.

We begin with the Con Allegria orchestra, open to anyone grades 4-11 with no prior experience playing a string instrument.

The program continues in experience levels with the second group, Con Spiritoso, open to all ages from 4th grade through adulthood, who are able to pass the audition required.

The third Cadet group, Con Espressivo, is again open to all ages 4th grade and above, and gives the players experience in more advanced techniques such as shifting and vibrato.

Upon completion of the Con Espressivo material, students of all ages will be ready to enter the Lyricwood Orchestra, based at Dakota Wesleyan University. 

 

Classes take place in Smith Hall on Dakota Wesleyan Campus.

 

Con Allegria

$75/month September-April + small yearly fee

Instrument rental separate.

Requirements: 4th grade – 11th grade.

No audition or prior experience required. 

Class begins at square one and covers up to a level 1.5 in musical repertoire.

Performance required at 2 concerts per season; one in December and one in April.

 

Con Spiritoso

$75/month September-April + small yearly fee

Instrument rental separate.

Requirements: 4th grade +

Student must complete audition to demonstrate Level 1 completion skills.

Class begins at a level 1.5 and covers the materials up to a level 2.5. 

Performance required at 2 concerts per year: one in December and one in April. Christmas Caroling optional.

 

Con Espressivo

$75/month September-April + small yearly fee

Instrument rental separate.

Requirements: 4th grade +

Student must complete an audition to demonstrate Level 2 completion skills

Performance required at 4 concerts per year – October, December, February, and April. Christmas Caroling optional.

Class begins at a level 2.5 and covers materials to a level 3.5 or 4.